Artist: George Benson
Title: In Your Eyes
Label: Warner Brothers
Catalogue Number: 9 23744-1
Year of Release: 1983
A1 Feel Like Making Love (4:22)
A2 Inside Love (So Personal) (5:13)
A3 Lady Love Me (One More Time) (3:59)
A4 Love Will Come Again (5:42)
B1 In Your Eyes (3:16)
B2 Never Too Far To Fall (4:00)
B3 Being With You (3:52)
B4 Use Me (4:22)
B5 Late At Night (3:29)
B6 In Search Of A Dream (4:58)
This, along with Antmusic, was one of the records my brother reclaimed from a skip near where he lives, and donated to me - I think intending to slow down my progress through the alphabet. But it's not the destination, is it? It's the wading through cheesy 80s love songs that's important.
I'll admit I 're-gifted' some of the records to the local charity shops, but I kept this, because I'd heard of George Benson as a jazz guitarist, specifically one employed by the great Miles Davis in the 60s.
It's a shame therefore that he only gets to play guitar on Being With You and In Search of a Dream, and it's really nothing special when he does. The latter is a particularly bad synth-heavy workout, and I find it astonishing that this album topped the US Jazz chart when it came out. The whole record sounds to me like nothing more than the soundtrack to an 80s movie, and conjured up images of extravagantly coiffed women in chunky knits, crying whilst looking out of the window at the rain.
The hit single Lady Love Me (One More Time) was probably the high point, you might not think you know it (I didn't) but you do, followed by realising Chaka Khan was doing the backing vocals on Love Will Come Again.
Worth it for the sleeve though, but when I say "worth it", bear in mind it was free.